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"You've Got a Friend"

You've got a friendYou might be the only person your friend trusts enough to tell about a sexual assault. Below are some tips on how to be a friend:

  • Tell them it's not their fault
  • Listen carefully
  • Ask if they feel safe
  • Ask if they want to: call the police, call their parents, call a rape or crisis line, go to a hospital, tell their Resident Advisor, teacher or coach.

Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. Whether the perpetrator is known to the victim or is a stranger, the trauma of sexual assault is just as intense and serious. The perpetrator could be a date, neighbor or friend.

Don't try to "fix" it. Empower the survivor. Focus on the survivor.

Stay connected and respectful.

Want more?

Marital rape

http://www.vawnet.org//DomesticViolence/Research/VAWnetDocs/AR_mrape

Perpetrators

http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/acquaintsa/supplemental/suspectmaterials.html

Sexual Abuse and People with disabilities

http://danenet.wicip.org/dcccrsa/saissues/disable.html

 

 

 

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